Applications for this grant opened on the afternoon of Thursday 30th April. Grants are administered by the local authority in which you live. To claim newly self-employed hardship fund cash, refer to your own local authority website.
You need to apply in your Local Authority area and can only apply to this fund once.
You will be asked to provide documentary evidence of your status and eligibility for the grant. Local authorities will then determine whether you meet the criteria, which has been set by the Scottish Government.
You will need to provide:
Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of £2,000.
It is hard enough starting up your own business at the best of times. Until now, people who have started up their business in last year have been excluded from any of the COVID-19 support packages. The announcement from the Scottish Government means that this neglected sector of the economy will finally be able to access support through grants of £2,000.
The grant is only available to the self-employed who live in Scotland. You will need to provide evidence of your residence – e.g. a council tax bill and your ID e.g. passport / driving licence.
To claim Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund support you must have started your freelance business after 5th April 2019. If you submitted a self-employment page in your 2018-19 tax return you are not eligible for the grant.
You must sign a declaration confirming that you meet all of the following criteria:
The loss of non-trading income e.g. rental income is not covered by the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund.
You can apply for a grant even if you are VAT registered. We recommend that you defer your VAT payments before making a claim for the grant. If you pay your VAT by direct debit instruction (DDI) it is not too late to cancel your DDI.
You claim should be processed and the cash paid to your bank account within 10 working days (2 weeks).
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